Anticipation seems to be growing that the popular Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball team might finally resolve its soap-opera drama over getting a new stadium.
As for the game playing happening on the ball field itself, the Squirrels aren’t exactly going nuts.
Last week, as Style was going to press with an early deadline, the team was handed its 12th straight loss. This time it was from the Trenton Thunder, with a score of 2-0 on May 18. That left the Squirrels with the worst early season record in the Minor League AA Eastern Division, of 10 wins and 26 losses.
Could this mean the team may not be worth all the attention, now that a solution for a ballpark to replace the crumbling Diamond seems in sight?
“Ah, you got me!” says Todd “Parney” Parnell, the team’s vice president and chief operating officer, when asked about the performance issue.
Ever the optimist, Parney frames his answer in a positive light. He notes that at this time last season, the Squirrels had lost 15 straight games and then roared back to miss a playoff berth by one game.
“Another thing,” he says — “all of the recent losses have been by one run or so. It’s really not that bad.”
He had no comment on plans to move the new stadium next door from the Boulevard to a site owned by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. He says that talks are ongoing but there’s no news yet.
As for spring woes, Parney says: “I’ve been in this business for 27 years. Baseball is a daily grind.”